Onam Recipes : Avial (mixed vegetables in coconut)
It is that time of the year again when everyone's mind is on one thing alone - Onam Sadya. Some manage to go out to eat and some dare to cook it at home but I am gonna tell you the best solution for having a Sadya. Do a Sadya potluck, with each person cooking one or two dishes no one feels the strain and Yet one manages to eat a home cooked Sadya
If you think this is the idea of my brilliant mind, you are wrong since I have my friend Ruth to thank for this. She has been organising an onam potluck since a few years now and this time around I was happy to be a part of it. 15 kickass dishes made in 5 or 6 homes, they all came together so beautifully to make a meal that was delicious and fun
I was given the task of making Avial and dal pyasam and here I am sharing those recipes with you. So either on Onam day or in the coming weekend. Do a potluck and have a Sadya. Absolutely worth the effort
This avial is a mother in law's recipe with a slight twist. she typically makes it tamil style with is with a little more gravy. But everytime I have eaten Avial in a kerala home or sadya it has been almost dry so while talking to her about the recipe, we figured that it all seemed similar minus the last step where she adds a rice flour + water mixture to give it a thickish gravy. So I used her recipe, reduced a tiny bit of salt and skipped the last step. If you want the tamil style, at the end of the recipe add 2 tsp of rice flour mixed with 1/4 cup of water, a little salt and add it to the avial. Bring to boil and turn off the heat.
Avial (mixed vegetables in coconut)
For grinding to a paste
For the tadka
- In a heavy bottom kadhai (or if you have use the kerala mud chatti), add all the vegetables along with just enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil and reduce the flame. Cook till all the vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Make sure you chop vegetables in the same size more or less.
- While the vegetables are cooking grind all the ingredients of the paste together. Namely coconut, green chillies and cumin seeds. Keep aside
- Once the vegetables are cooked, add the coconut paste to the vegetables and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
- In a small tadka pan, heat coconut oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal and red chillies. Roast for 1 minute till the urad dal starts to brown. Add curry leaves and fry further for 2 minutes till the leaves are crisp and the dal nicely browned.
- Pour on top of the avial and serve warm
Some more Onam recipes